Manchester United continue their quest to lift the Europa League for the second time in three years, as they face FC Copenhagen in Cologne on Wednesday night. This tie will be a one-off clash due on neutral ground due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but who does that benefit more and will it have any effect on who goes through to the semi-finals?
Where and when: RheinEnergieStadion – 10 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Manchester United vs. Copenhagen: BT Sport
Last time: Copenhagen beat Manchester United the last time the teams met, which was in the group stages of the Champions League in 2006. Former Aston Villa striker Marcus Allback got the winning goal.
Manchester United v Copenhagen Predictions and Preview
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started the game when these two teams last met almost 14 years ago. The Norwegian came on as a substitute when Manchester United beat FC Copenhagen 3-0 at Old Trafford earlier in that year’s competition, and now takes his place in the dugout as manager of his club.
United are back in the big time for next season, finishing third in the Premier League table to qualify for next term’s Champions League. That takes most of the pressure off this young Red Devils side, which no longer needs to win this month’s competition in order to make it back to Europe’s leading club tournament, as they did when they won it under Jose Mourinho in 2017.
While that triumph proved the zenith of Mourinho’s time in charge at Old Trafford rather than a gateway to more success, Solskjaer’s blueprint looks a lot clearer. Or appealing to the club’s supporters, in any case. The United boss is looking to build a winning mentality among his young and impressionable squad, and they should be full of confidence after finishing their league campaign in style.
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Man United to win to nil
Man United to win 3-0
Anthony Martial to score first
United went unbeaten through all nine of their Premier League fixtures after returning from their three-month break, with their only defeat since the restart coming against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals. United’s players were looking tired in their final few fixtures after a hectic schedule, but they’ve had a good rest and most first-team stars were left out of Wednesday’s dead rubber last-16 second-leg tie against LASK.
Copenhagen, meanwhile, overcame a first-leg deficit to beat newly-crowned Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir in the round of 16, courtesy of a 3-0 victory back in Denmark. Their Superliga campaign only finished around a week before that, so they should also be nice and fresh, having finished as runners-up in the league to FC Midtjylland. They may fancy their chances more over one leg at a neutral venue than two legs home and away, so that aspect of this clash could work in their favour rather than United’s.
Even so, Man United are the overwhelming favourites to win this match, priced at 3/10 in the latest odds. Copenhagen are 11/1, while the draw after 90 minutes is priced at 5/1. With the potential for extra-time and penalties in this tie, United are 1/8 to qualify for the semis by any method, while Copenhagen are available at 57/10.
One to watch for Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes has transformed Manchester United’s fortunes since arriving at the club at the end of January. The Portuguese looked tired towards the end of the domestic season, but he should be back on form following a good break and is 17/4 to open the scoring here.
One to watch for Copenhagen: Jonas Wind scored a brace in Copenhagen’s impressive 3-0 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir last Wednesday, and the Danish under-21 international will be full of confidence here as a result. He is 13/1 to break the deadlock in what would be arguably the biggest moment of his fledgling career so far.
Long shot: Manchester United have the quality to go all the way to the final of this competition, and they should have more than enough to get past this Copenhagen side. The Reds are 15/2 to beat their Danish opposition 3-0 once again, with those odds rising to 40/1 with Anthony Martial scoring first.